Two Delta Comfort Plus RUMORS I am working on – One you may like, the other maybe not!

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We will receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertiser Disclosure, and advertiser partners, such as American Express, and others visit this page.



This vote is clear and I agree with the majority!

The first rumor is from my buddy who often guest posts here on the blog, that is, John @laptoptrael. You see most of us, as you can see from the quick poll above, would rather take the next flight than have the “privilege” of “upgrading” or as I call it Side Grading to a middle seat in Delta Comfort Plus that is the EXACT same size seat as the rest of coach. No way I would ever take a middle C+ seat over any other aisle or window seat I had before. I would rather buy a new ticket on another flight than be subject to this. Not going to happen Delta. Period.

In fact, if you follow the blog at all, you know that due to proven results that Delta C+ upgrades can cause you to miss a real first class upgrade I am opting out more and more of C+ Side Grades and it is resulting in near perfect 100% upgrades and I will keep doing this since I have little confidence in Delta IT to fix the current buggy upgrade system.


What a shock – no one wants these C+ seats!

But there could be a solution in the works. There is an unconfirmed rumor that Delta is working on a way to make it so you can OPT OUT of center seat upgrades beyond the current options to choose window or aisle as a choice in your My Delta preferences. This could be amazing or a destruction of the ridiculous PR marketing that C+ really is any kind of real upgrade after all. Let me explain.

All of us know C+ is nothing special. On the other hand Delta clearly is making a fortune selling these fake upgrade seats as something “Plus”. Once most normal people try them they see they have been bamboozled and get the same seat as the rest of coach, I doubt they will buy it again. We, on the other hand, get that a center C+ is not EVER going to happen. But if Delta allows us to “opt out” of center seat C+ “upgrades” they are in effect agreeing that this SideGrade is not really worth it and not an upgrade. This would not be good for the marketing folks going forward to explain.

My sources say it is not likely to happen (yet) and I would be flat out SHOCKED to see it happen at all ever. Too much money is on the table to admit it is just not an upgrade you (and I) want.


LOL – Really? I don’t see this happening. But…

The next one I just don’t know about and it is at one point hysterical and on the other side ridiculously sad. The rumor is suggesting Delta will add C+ seats to CRJ200s. Oh my. Can you even picture this? In my opinion, the only way this really works is that they make painfully tight and horrid regional seats even less comfortable by moving all the other seats back a tiny bit to give the C+ seats a bit more leg room. I just cannot see this happening. And there is more.

I have already talked about how HOOUs are becoming a less and less real medallion perk. If you put C+ seats on a CRJ200 then it is one more dagger in the heart of the value of a HOOU for a drink if elites can get free drinks in C+ even on a CRJ200.

Anyway, neither of these two rumors have been confirmed by Delta and I have reached out about both of them and will update this post if I hear back from them on either point. Personally I doubt either one will happen. What do you think about either idea? – René

CLEAR Security Now in Detroit DTW – RUSH Though Security – A Total Game Changer!

So many readers have been asking: “Will Atlanta be the first major Delta HUB to have CLEAR?” Nope, sorry, the old NWA or Northwest HUB Detroit or DTW will be the first major hub to have CLEAR and it is LIVE NOW – TODAY! Yep, if you have not yet experienced the “life altering” speed of CLEAR + TSA PreCheck you are just not a frequent flyer or are not using the following airports much: … Continue reading

Intoxicated Delta Connection Pilot, Delta Sea-Tac expansion, Airline OK to weigh passengers, Brazilian Visa gone & More!

Every day some travel news headlines catch my attention. Some are from Delta and some are just of travel interest, but all are ones I think you will want to see. Let’s take a look at today’s: Pilot arrested before takeoff, accused of operating aircraft while intoxicated Airline wins right to weigh passengers before flights to prevent crashes Strong earthquakes hit central Italy; no deaths reported Southwest: Competition from ‘ultra low-cost carriers’ is soaring Phoenix … Continue reading

Have you found Delta gift cards on gift card racks in your area? Exciting development!

Thanks to my friend Ray from the Atlanta area I have some interesting news on the gift card front. Notice something special in the middle of the rack of cards? Yep – A Delta gift card! I have never seen this before anywhere at any location and this one happened to be at a Publix (that should code as a grocery store). This really is a big game changer for those of us who fly … Continue reading

FREE CLEAR +1 Membership for a year (check your in-box or contact CLEAR)!

I have blogged about how CLEAR + TSA PreCheck is a life alerting combo. I have never felt so “rushed”, that is, in a good way, through security. And thanks to being a Delta Diamond Medallion, I get membership free of charge and can add those in my household for a discounted rate. Well now, for a limited time, CLEAR is sending out emails with a PVT one time code (edit: sorry folks was misled … Continue reading

Stunning “Landscapes of Sweden” Drone Video – You will want to visit after this!

I am a child of the north at heart and I yearn to visit Sweden each year (at least once). I also love water. I learned to sail big and small boats as well as wind surf as a small child and love it all to this day. Also the “rolling rocks” to me are more beautiful than almost any other landscape and I would guess those who grow up in desert landscapes feel the … Continue reading

New way to fleece loyal Delta flyers in one trip & MASSIVE NO NOTICE SkyMiles Devaluation (yet again)!

If you are a Delta flyer and think saving SkyMiles is a good idea, I bet you don’t sleep very well at night. You never know when things like massive no notice SkyMiles devaluations may hit once the Delta.dumb computers update. All those points you were saving for some mega trip – yeah – they now will cost you a ton more. Thanks Delta, loyalty rewarded yet again! But just hours before this latest   … Continue reading

Delta has a big decision REG: heels?, Unhappy AA Pilots to Push Union Switch, Bombardier steep job cuts, Sick Spirit Air from ATL & More!

Every day some travel news headlines catch my attention. Some are from Delta and some are just of travel interest, but all are ones I think you will want to see. Let’s take a look at today’s: Delta has a big decision to make: Should flight attendants still be required to wear heels? Unhappy American Pilots to Push Union Switch After Five Decades Rockwell Collins in Advanced Talks to Purchase B/E Aerospace for $6.5 Billion … Continue reading

MAJOR Fly Delta APP upgrades today to Android and iOS with PUSH notifications!

This is some great news we have been waiting for a long time to come. It seem the Android updated is 4.0 and iOS is 3.0 (don’t tease me Android needs MORE updates). Just take a quick peek at what is included: What’s New in Fly Delta 4.0 •”Today” now seamlessly integrates your boarding pass into one screen. Simply tap the Check In button to begin •Your electronic boarding pass will now automatically update •Today … Continue reading

[Targeted] 5 or 10k Delta AMEX Platinum MQM bonus & the Importance of Reserve card for more Upgrades!

Let’s start with something I just  hate  blogging about, that is, targeted offers because under most circumstances if you were targeted, like Bryan’s email shots from above, you got the offer and are able to register. Everyone else, like me, gets the below: And you are upset and frustrated that you have spent some massively big number on Delta AMEX cards this year and yet cannot play with the bonus MQM offer. I get that, … Continue reading

The Unintended Consequences of the new Delta +1 Medallion Upgrade Process

Personally I am beyond thrilled that Delta has improved the medallion program by including your +1 on the same reservation as you for upgrades (if they are at least a SkyMiles member). I can tell you as someone who normally flies over 100 segments each and every year the 2 or 3 times a year my wife joins me it will be nice to have a shot at an upgrade for both of us and … Continue reading

Review of Delta’s Newest Massive Flagship Sky Club in Seattle SEA – A First-Hand Visit

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – A Guest Post from John (@laptoptravel) On Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Delta unveiled their newest flagship Sky Club. It opened for a Private Preview Event which was invitation-only. In spite of other reviewers who are members of the press or allowed to attend media events earlier in the week, I actually am just a long-time Delta SkyMiles member and entered through the doors without special privilege (other than the invitation.) … Continue reading

Delta Travel “stuff” in my brain this Weekend – What’s in yours?

This has been a crazy week and I am looking forward to a number of flights to end the year including a first time visit to Hong Kong as well as very shortly my BoardingArea conference that we call, what else, BA con (who does not love bacon right) in DC the first weekend of November. I am also really looking forward to seeing so many of you in Seattle at the end of this … Continue reading

A simple FIX for #DDoS Attacks that got me back up INSTANTLY today (test it free)!

Today started very strangely. I could not pull up Twitter. Then all my card links failed all at once (no they did not drop the blog as an affiliate). I e-mailed Gary from A View From The Wing as I could not pull up some of his links either. He said his were fine and he could pull up all of mine as well. Just what was going on? We now know it was a … Continue reading

Don’t miss out on the CHEAPEST Nationwide Delta Elite Mileage Run you will find all year!

At the recent Chicago Seminars I gave a talk on an Intro to Mileage Runs. While I do not share slides here on the blog that I use I will share one above that started from Dallas. Since I don’t live in Dallas I had to get there and then the run almost took me back home via the routing. It was a kinda crazy run but a fun one as always. But it did … Continue reading